How Has Ministry

How Has Ministry Changed in the Past 40 years?

Ministry has shifted dramatically in the past 40 years, especially with the widespread use of technology for communication and for church meetings. From pastors inundated with emails to multisite churches, technology has made it harder to be more personal in ministry. In addition, families are more likely to be blended or divorced, the culture has embraced LGBT issues, and the church is more aware of global churches.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Church leaders can’t expect their ministry needs and challenges to remain the same, and some dramatic cultural changes mean that innovation will be essential.

  • What stays the same? In the face of so many changes that range from reduced Bible literacy to the ongoing sexual revolution, what will ministry leaders rely on to carry them through?
  • Overhaul or shifts? How dramatic are the needs in your area? Will you need to consider a major overhaul of your approach to ministry, possibly a clean sweep even, or are there things you can just shift gradually?
  • How to manage change: Change isn’t easy for congregations, but the ministry context today demands it. How can you get buy-in and build trust with your congregation as you manage change?

What is the most pressing cultural shift in your ministry context?

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